Gifted & Talented

  • Definition of Giftedness:

    New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:8-3.1 defines students who are gifted and talented as those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. Because gifted children are so diverse, not all exhibit all characteristics all of the time. However, there are common characteristics that many gifted individuals share.

    How Frequent is the Incidence of Giftedness? 

    Research shows that 6% of children possess exceptional learning traits. Intellectual giftedness crosses all economic and cultural boundaries. (US Office of Civil Rights)

    Gifted and Talented Goals:

    1. Provide a variety of appropriate types and levels of acceleration, curriculum compacting, and enrichment in grades that are based on student needs
    2. Provide students with learning experiences at an appropriate level of challenge based on multiple measures used in the identification process
    3. Design, develop and implement high-quality curricula and instructional practices that are supported by research and that are aligned with, and extend the general classroom curricula
    4. Annually assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the gifted and talented program at addressing students’ needs
    5. Provide support for faculty who have responsibility for students with advanced potential

    Procedures are used to identify students as Gifted and Talented

    • Multiple measures may include, but are not limited to achievement test scores; grades; student performance or products; intelligence testing; parent, student, and/or teacher recommendation; and other appropriate measures.
    • The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the district. The identification procedures will be reviewed annually.

    Continuum of Services Offered

    • Enrichment within the classroom: Differentiated instruction is practiced at all grade levels and content areas to meet the needs of all students in their classroom on a daily basis. Through the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping, teachers tailor instruction to challenge and motivate students.
    • Accommodations in the Classroom: Instructional accommodations and modifications are implemented at all grade levels and content areas to meet the needs of all students in their classroom on a daily basis.
    • Accelerated Classes: Students in middle and high school have the opportunity to take advanced, honors, and/or advanced placement courses in a variety of subjects. Advanced/Honors courses are offered in grades 7 through 12 and are rigorous classes that move at a faster pace and cover more material than a non-accelerated class. Advanced Placement Courses (also referred to as AP Courses) are offered in grades 9 through 12 and are college-level classes that give students who receive high scores on the AP Exam the opportunity to receive college credit. Additionally, the district offers 2 Academy Programs, STEM, and BLA, which includes a rigorous 4-year course of study for qualifying students. Students who also have the opportunity to audition for accelerated courses in the performing arts.
    • Enrichment Classes: Students in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to take enrichment (AE) classes through participation in a variety of elective courses that focus on project-based learning. Project-based learning (also referred to as problem-based learning) is a teaching approach that challenges students through real-world problems and investigations leading to deeper content knowledge and increased critical thinking skills.
    • Academic Acceleration in the High School - Early Graduation: Students in grades 9-12 who are potentially capable (i.e. intellectual capability, maturity, and motivation) of meeting all requirements to complete high school in three years, have the ability to do so.  Pupils accepted in the early graduation program, at the time of graduation, will be afforded all-academic honors and place in class rank and identified as such with the graduating class.

    Complaint Process 

    Pursuant to A4710 1R: Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act, the following information must be provided to file a complaint alleging that Kingsway Regional School District is not in compliance with the provisions of the Act. The alleged occurrence of noncompliance must have taken place within one year of filing the complaint.

    Please note: The complaint process is different from an appeal for the placement of a student. The complaint process only deals with alleged procedural compliance as outlined in the Act. This process will yield no change to prior student placement decisions. Should the District found to be in non-compliance with the Act, remediation of the Gifted and Talented Program will take place.

    The complaint shall include:

    • The name, address, and contact information of the complainant; and 
    • A statement that the identified school district is not in compliance with the provisions of this act, and the specific facts on which the allegation of non-compliance is based.

    An individual who believes that a school district has not complied with the provisions of this Act may file a complaint with the Superintendent. Based on the decision of the Superintendent to affirm, reject, or modify the District’s action in the matter, the individual may file a petition of the appeal of the written decision of the Superintendent in the following order utilizing the same above described format:

    • Board of Education - Based on the decision of the Board of Education to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter, the individual may file a petition of the appeal of the written decision; to
    • Executive County Superintendent (investigation must be completed within 60 days) - Based on the decision of the Executive County Superintendent to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter, the individual may file a petition of the appeal of the written decision; to
    • Commissioner of Education via Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations.
    • The district's Gifted & Talent Policy can be found HERE
    • Strengthening Gifted & Talented Education Act

    *The district is reviewing its G&T program throughout the 20-21 school year with the goal of enhancing the overall program.  Should you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact the building principal.